Junkfood Science: Health debit cards

September 05, 2007

Health debit cards

While reporting our compliance with government-mandated “preventive healthcare” on our IRS forms might have seemed far-fetched yesterday, how do Health Miles Cards sound today?

This from London:

'NHS should not treat those with unhealthy lifestyles' say Tories

Failing to follow a healthy lifestyle could lead to free NHS treatment being denied under the Tory plans. Patients would be handed “NHS Health Miles Cards" allowing them to earn reward points for losing weight, giving up smoking, receiving immunisations or attending regular health screenings. Like a supermarket loyalty card, the points could be redeemed as discounts on gym membership and fresh fruit and vegetables, or even give priority for other public services...

But heavy smokers, the obese and binge drinkers who were a drain on the NHS could be denied some routine treatments such as hip replacements until they cleaned up their act....The report calls for a greater emphasis on the “citizen's responsibility" to be healthy and says no one should expect taxpayers to fund their unhealthy lifestyles.

Ministers should divert more attention and funding to public health epidemics which are costing the NHS billions a year, the report says.

The mistaken beliefs that good health is the reward for living and eating right, that fat people don't, and that health problems are our own fault, are being used to justify tracking our behaviors and deny care to people who are fat or who smoke. Are implanted chips to track our activities and keep us in line just around the corner?

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